Pharmacy Residency Program at Rochester General Hospital

Rochester General Hospital Department of Pharmacy PGY-1 Residency Program

The Rochester General Hospital Department of Pharmacy PGY-1 residency is a 12 month full time program building on the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education.  Our mission is to prepare thoroughly competent, independent pharmacists through patient-centered practice in a high acuity hospital.  By developing fundamental skills, including clinical problem-solving, self-evaluation, and interdisciplinary communication, the Program aims to bring forth future leaders in the profession of pharmacy.

Rochester General Hospital Pharmacy residents learn in a setting that embraces teamwork – both within the department and throughout the hospital. In our program, residents receive training in essential elements that allow them to become key members of a comprehensive health care team. These elements include:

  • Managing and improving the medication-use process
  • Providing evidence-based, patient-centered medication therapy management with interdisciplinary teams
  • Exercising leadership and practice management skills
  • Demonstrating project management skills
  • Providing medication and practice-related education and training
  • Utilizing medical informatics

About the RGH Department of Pharmacy

Our department has a 797 compliant IV admixture room and uses medication dispensing stations throughout the hospital which are fully integrated into the hospital's electronic medication system. Enhanced clinical pharmacy services are provided in internal medicine / surgery, antimicrobial stewardship, critical care and anticoagulation.

About Rochester General and Rochester Regional Health

Rochester General Hospital is a 528-bed acute-care facility with a medical and dental staff of 1,500. Rochester Regional Health is regionally and nationally recognized for excellence in a broad range of health care services. Learn more about Rochester Regional Health +


The Rochester General Hospital PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency is accredited with the American Society of Health System Pharmacists.


Required rotations:

  • Anticoagulation
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Critical Care
  • Infectious Diseases / Stewardship
  • Medical / Surgical
  • Orientation
  • Pharmacy Management
  • Pharmacy Staffing Practice

    Longitudinal rotations:

    • Pharmacy Staffing Practice
    • Pharmacy Topics Discussion Group
    • Teaching Certificate (optional)
    • Pharmacokinetic Boot Camp
    • Minor Project
    • Major Project

      Elective rotations

      • Academic internal medicine
      • Advanced critical care
      • Advanced infectious disease
      • Emergency Medicine
      • Geriatrics
      • Oncology
      • Pediatrics
      • Administrative


      Competitive stipend, medical and dental insurance, vacation time, and travel reimbursement to professional meetings.

      Requirements for admission

      • Graduate from an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education accredited college of pharmacy
      • New York State Pharmacy Intern Permit
      • Licensed or eligible for licensure as a pharmacist in New York State

      Read about our preceptors

      Pharmacy Residency Preceptors

      How to apply

      The Rochester General Hospital Department of Pharmacy’s residency program utilizes ASHP PhORCAS for applications at

      For more information, contact:

      Bob Reiss, Pharm.D. MPA
      Associate Director Clinical Pharmacy Services, Residency Director